light breaking broken


A creative collaboration by Karen Jamieson and Margaret Grenier

Peeling back the layers of the unknown, and forging a path to understanding, light breaking broken is the personal journey of two artists reconnecting with language, culture, and identity. With different cultural perspectives and individual histories, Jamieson and Grenier (Dancers of Damelahamid) use their distinct dance styles to push each other’s boundaries and find an opening to the light.

Through collaborations with Margaret Harris (Elder Advisor), Josh Hite (Video Artist), John Korsrud (Composer), DD Kugler (Dramaturg), Betsy Lomax (Elder Language Carrier), James Proudfoot (Lighting Designer) exploration is extended into intersecting narratives in time and space: broken historical narratives and contemporary connections of hope.

A work-in-progress showing took place March 1, 2016 as part of the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at the Museum of Anthropology under the working title Light Breaking Through BROKEN.


November 24,, 2017
11th Biennial Dance in Vancouver 
8:00 - Faris Theatre - Scotiabank Dance Centre


March 23, 24, 25, 2017
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Note: These are 5:00pm shows at the new KW basement Production Studio


March 30, 31, April 1, 2017
Native Earth | DanceWorks Presents
Niimi'iwe Indigenous Dance Double Bill
with the NDN way - Brian Solomon Electric Moose Prod.

We were invited to participate in Screen:Moves – a curated screening program of dance video and film based in Toronto, conceived by the RT Collective and presented in collaboration with DANCEMAKERS. Screen:Moves invites 20 artists from across Canada to create original short dance films for a one-night-only program. The program features a wide range of formats—experimental, narrative, animated and comedic works, offering a unique cross section of Canada’s diverse dance communities on screen.

Featuring works by: Katie Ewald, Robert Kingsbury, Nova Bhattacharya, William Yong, Karen Jamieson & Margaret Grenier, Brandy Leary, Natasha Powell, Rodney Diverlus, Frances Chudnoff, Emma-Kate Guimond, Aria Evans, Molly Johnson, Peter Kelly, Shakeil Rollock, Melanie Gordon, Nita Bowerman, Nico Contreras, Zachary Nicol, and others.

Multi-discipline artist Sammy Chien created a 4-minute short from existing footage of past performances of light breaking broken.



A Karen Jamieson Dance & Dancers of Damelahamid Production

Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Hamber Foundation and Individual Donors to KJD